The Environmental Quality Council is accepting comments through August 25 on a study that assessed road closures on federal lands over the last 35 years, identified landlocked parcels of public land, and evaluated deer and elk trends in relation to federal lands.
The Council is a bipartisan committee of the Montana Legislature. The federal road management study was passed by the 2015 Legislature as House Joint Resolution No. 13, sponsored by Rep. Kerry White, R-Bozeman.
The Environmental Quality Council (EQC) assembled an immense amount of information previously unavailable in one place as a result of the House Joint Resolution 13 study. The council examined information on federal roads, parcels of public land with no public access, and harvest rates for elk and deer. The EQC heard from a variety of experts as well as numerous members of the public. The council also toured Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roads and lands around Helena to see road and access issues firsthand.
The report includes findings and recommendations. Comments will be presented to the council Sept. 14-15 the final council meeting before the 2017 Legislature
To read the study and find more information, visit the EQC website at: http://leg.mt.gov/eqc. Or contact Joe Kolman, committee staff at 444-3747 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments are due August 25. Send comments by email to email@example.com with the subject “HJR13 Road Study.”
Comments sent by post can be mailed to:
Rm 171B, State Capitol Building
P.O. Box 201706
Helena, MT 59620-1706